Author Archives: Will Ricketson

Clearwater Community Sailing Center Named US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider Training Center

    Portsmouth, R.I. (March 7, 2014) – The US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider has named Clearwater Community Sailing Center (CCSC) of Clearwater, Florida, an official US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider Training Center. As part of its new role, CCSC will acquire three brand-new 2.4mR Paralympic keelboats, two SKUD-18 Paralympic keelboats, and four Laser Radial Olympic dinghies. US […]

2014 US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider Announced

Portsmouth, R.I. (February 27, 2014) – US Sailing, the national governing body for the sport, has named forty-two Olympic and Paralympic class athletes to the 2014 US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider. The national team is selected annually and is comprised of the top sailors competing in the events selected for the Rio de Janeiro 2016 […]

Selection Events Released for 2015 US Pan American Games Team

Portsmouth, R.I. (February 14, 2014) – The US Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC) has released the list of selection events for the 2015 United States Pan American Games Team, which will compete at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games. Pending approval by the US Olympic Committee (USOC), the top eligible team at the following events will […]

Day 6 (Medal Races) – ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami 2014

DATE: February 1, 2014   Daily Summary: Medal Race Day at ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami brought with it added pressure, close racing, and a renewed breeze that was a welcome sight to all competitors. The US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider added to its medal haul with a gold in the Laser Radial, silver in the […]

Day 5 – ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami 2014

DATE: January 31, 2014   Daily Summary: Light air returned to Miami, and a frustrating run of bad luck continued for athletes, race officials, and organizers at ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami. “I’ve never seen anything like this weather in the 20-plus years I’ve been around this event,” said American Olympic gold and silver medalist Kevin Burnham, who […]

Day 3 – ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami 2014

DATE: January 29, 2014   Daily Summary: The absence of suitable breeze in the morning on Day 3 of racing was followed by heavy rains in the afternoon, a combination that ultimately scuttled the attempts of regatta officials to complete any races. As a result, scores and standings remain unchanged for all competitors at ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, […]

Day 2 – ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami 2014

DATE: January 28, 2014   Daily Summary: Light air returned to Miami, and forced delays of racing in all classes on Day 2. However, American athletes still delivered strong performances in the tricky conditions, and are in the top five overall in seven of thirteen classes, and are in the top ten in ten classes.   Laser […]

Day 1 – ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami 2014

DATE: January 27th, 2014 Daily Summary: The opening races of ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami have been completed in warm but light-air conditions on the waters of Biscayne Bay. This year marks the 25th edition of what has become a cornerstone event on the international Olympic and Paralympic sailing circuit. The regatta also holds particular importance for […]

A Message on the Retirement of Anna Tunnicliffe

  A Message from the U.S. Olympic Sailing Program: Portsmouth, R.I. (Jan. 10, 2014) As Anna Tunnicliffe announces her retirement from Olympic sailing, there can be no doubt that she leaves this level of the sport as an exceptionally successful Olympic athlete. Along her journey, she amassed two World Championship titles, multiple Worlds podium finishes, […]

At the Helm Fall 2013

As we close in on the end of the 2013 World Championships season in Olympic and Paralympic classes, I bring your attention to three notable performances on the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider. Each tells its own story about progress being made by Olympic and Paralympic athletes in the team’s pursuit of success in Rio […]

National Team Tour sponsored by Chubb Personal Insurance

Portsmouth, R.I. (October 22, 2013) – The US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider’s National Team Tour debuts Nov. 7 and brings the excitement of high-performance sailing and first-hand stories of Olympic and Paralympic campaigning to passionate sailors, young and old. The speaking series, which is sponsored by Chubb Personal Insurance, will visit yacht clubs around the […]

Bronze for Railey at Laser Radial Worlds 2013

Rizhao, China (October 7, 2013) – With a win in the final race at the 2013 Laser Radial World Championship, US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider athlete Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) captured a bronze medal. Racing took place Oct. 1-7, in Rizhao, China, where a total 77 athletes competed in the series, which consisted of a […]

Preview to 49er Worlds 2013

Marseille, France (September 20, 2013) – From Sept. 24-29, over 95 international teams will compete at the 49er and 49er FX World Championship, making it the largest fleet assembled for competition in those classes to date. Among the teams will be seven American teams, including members of the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider and US […]

Sailing World Cup Miami to Celebrate 25th Running

Portsmouth, R.I. (September 16, 2013) – US Sailing’s premier event – the ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami – is set to return to Miami, Florida for top-level Olympic and Paralympic class racing. Scheduled for Jan. 25-Feb. 1, the regatta will mark its 25th anniversary of delivering elite-level competition in the sailing events selected for the […]

Valuable Knowledge at ISAF World Championships Test Event

Santander, Spain (September 16, 2013) – Eight American athletes traveled to the ISAF Sailing World Championships Test Event, Sept. 9-14, to gain valuable information about the sailing conditions, venue and operations in advance of the 2014 event. The combined world championships in Santander, Spain, will act as a country qualifier for the 2016 Olympic Games, […]

View from the waterline, Charlie McKee, Sept. 2013

Well it certainly has been a busy and interesting summer for our team. Many classes have concluded their World and European Championships, and our sailors have been scattered all over places like Ireland, Estonia, Italy, Denmark, and France.  People are out there battling against the best in the world; which is exactly what they need […]

Female Athlete of the Month – Marion Lepert

Each month US Sailing nominates the top performing athletes in Olympic and Paralympic class sailing competition. Top performance at the ISAF Youth Sailing Championship came from Marion Lepert (Belmont, Calif.), who finished 4th overall in the RS:X girl’s (windsurfing) class. Over 350 sailors from 61 nations competed in the 43rd running of the regatta. Making […]

American Sailors: Annie Haeger and Briana Provancha

As the 470 World Championships kick off in La Rochelle, France, among the fleet will be ISAF #1 ranked team Annie Haeger and Briana Provancha. We caught up with the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider sailors as they prepared for the Worlds to talk about competition, travel and the 470. You had a very full […]